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Rapaport Weekly Market Comment
Positive sentiment as US holiday season begins. NRF retail group forecasts Nov./Dec. sales +3.6% to $755B as consumers show willingness to spend on spirit-lifting gifts after challenging year. Covid-19 continues to spread, with concerns about crowded shopping...
Polished Markets Nov 26, 2020 Rapaport News
Luk Fook store MixC World in Shenzhen Bay
Luk Fook Eyes China Expansion
Hong Kong-based Luk Fook will accelerate its expansion in mainland China, considering the market a strong source of revenues amid struggles in its home territory.The jewelry retailer plans to open a net 250 new mainland stores...
Retail Nov 26, 2020 Rapaport News
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Research Nov 26, 2020 Rapaport
Marcus Ter Haar Okavango
Okavango Diamond Chief Resigns
Marcus ter Haar stepped down last week as managing director of Okavango Diamond Company (ODC), the Botswana parastatal confirmed with Rapaport News. Ter Haar joined ODC as deputy managing director when the company...
Rough Markets Nov 26, 2020 Avi Krawitz
Jewelry at store in Delhi, India
Diwali Sales Shine as ‘Bored’ Consumers Return
Jewelry sales in India beat expectations during the Diwali season amid a release of pent-up demand and strong consumer confidence about future gold prices.Revenues were on a par with last year, or better, as Indians returned to shopping...
Retail Nov 26, 2020 Joshua Freedman
Ellio Krischer
Elliot Krischer to Head NY Diamond Dealers Club
The Diamond Dealers Club of New York has elected Elliot Krischer as its new president, replacing Reuven Kaufman, who served in the position since 2011. Krischer (pictured), who is the CEO of Esskay Gems, was...
Polished Markets Nov 26, 2020 Rapaport News
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Lab Grades Its Largest CVD Diamond
The International Gemological Institute’s (IGI) Hong Kong laboratory has graded a 12.75-carat synthetic diamond, the largest chemical vapor deposition (CVD) stone it has ever received.The lab-grown stone, cut from a 46.20-carat rough, has...
Polished Markets Nov 26, 2020 Rapaport News
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Letšeng Yields 14ct. Pink Diamond
Gem Diamonds has recovered a 14.09-carat pink diamond from its Letšeng mine in Lesotho.The miner unearthed the “top-quality” type II stone from the deposit on November 24, it said Wednesday. The discovery comes after the...
Mining Nov 26, 2020 Rapaport News
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Jewelers ‘Failing to Prevent Rights Abuses’
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for mandatory sourcing rules for the jewelry industry and urged retailers to name their suppliers, claiming the sector is not doing enough to combat abuses.“Many jewelry companies...
Retail Nov 25, 2020 Rapaport News
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China Rebound Boosts Chow Tai Fook Profit
Chow Tai Fook saw earnings grow in the first fiscal half amid surging gold prices and a recovery in the Chinese market.Profit jumped 45% year on year to HKD 2.29 billion ($296 million) for the...
Retail Nov 25, 2020 Rapaport News
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Deloitte: Online to Overtake In-Store on Black Friday
Online US retail sales will surpass in-store purchases on Black Friday for the first time as shoppers look to avoid crowds, according to a survey from Deloitte.Some 74% of respondents intend to go fully digital over the Thursday-to-Monday Thanksgiving...
Retail Nov 25, 2020 Rapaport News
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De Beers Buys Petra Blue Diamonds for $40M
De Beers has purchased five rough blue diamonds from Petra Diamonds for more than $40 million in partnership with one of its sightholders.The miner bought the Letlapa Tala collection together with South African...
Mining Nov 25, 2020 Rapaport News
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Tiffany Profit Soars as China Recovers
Tiffany & Co. reported a sharp jump in profit in the third fiscal quarter as sales in China surged and consumer spending shifted to higher-margin items.Net earnings rose 52% to $119 million in the three months ending October...
Retail Nov 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Gubelin gemstone ratings
Colored Gemstones Get New Ratings System
Switzerland’s Gübelin Gem Lab has launched a scoring system for colored gemstones based on wine ratings, claiming that the industry lacked a common method of describing quality and uniqueness.The numerical scale takes into account...
Gemstones Nov 24, 2020 Rapaport News
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Sales Will Rise This Holiday, Retail Group Predicts
The National Retail Federation (NRF) has forecast strong growth in US holiday sales, as consumers look for something to celebrate even as coronavirus cases rise.Retail sales in November and December are forecast to advance 3.6% to 5.2% year...
Retail Nov 24, 2020 Rapaport News
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Forevermark to Make Greater Use of De Beers Name
De Beers will associate its corporate identity more closely with Forevermark, enabling the diamond-jewelry brand to benefit from group-wide efforts in the realm of sustainability and responsible sourcing.“Aligning Forevermark more closely with the De Beers...
Retail Nov 24, 2020 Rapaport News
Mag cover story Nov 2020
Making the Most of the Holidays
It’s been a tumultuous year, and the upcoming holiday forecast has not eased concerns. Although sales are still expected to increase over last year, the margin is slim, according to AlixPartners. The consulting firm...
Retail Nov 23, 2020 Lara Ewen
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Fancy Shapes Get Automation Boost
Swiss technology provider Synova has expanded its automated diamond-cutting system to include fancy shapes. The company, which is part-owned by De Beers, unveiled the DaVinci Diamond Factory last year at the Dubai Diamond Conference. Synova...
Manufacturing Nov 23, 2020 Leah Meirovich
Coronavirus
Coronavirus Updates: Impact on the Diamond Trade
The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe has had a notable impact on the diamond industry, with new developments unfolding every day. Here, we present a one-stop, running news feed on industry events impacted...
Polished Markets Nov 23, 2020 Rapaport News
Polished diamond
US Polished Imports Continue to Drop
The US recorded its 18th consecutive monthly fall in polished-diamond imports as the coronavirus pandemic continued to affect trading. Shipments dropped 10% year on year to $1.34 billion in September — the gentlest decline since March, according to data...
Polished Markets Nov 22, 2020 Rapaport News
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